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Deadly Legacy (A Carmedy & Garrett Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition

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From the Author

My mother Joan (Nash) Bruce, introduced me to Hercule Poiroit, Nero Wolfe, and Lord Peter Whimsey. She talked shop around the dinner table, sharing insurance tales of decapitations, arson and dealing with "legitimate businessmen". My own love of storytelling grew out of the tales she told around dinner table. Some are interwoven into DEADLY LEGACY.

The heroes, detectives Kate Garrett and Jake Carmedy, came to me full blown in a dream. Their near-future, noir world came out of interviews, research and my oft repeated question "What if...?"

But the world is just a setting. The story is about people and the legacies -- good and bad -- their past creates.

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In 2018, rookie detective, Kate Garrett lives in the shadow of her near-legendary father Joe. When Joe dies unexpectedly, he leaves Kate half interest in Garrett Investigations, his last case that ties to three murders, a partner she can't stand, and a legacy to live up to.

Jake Carmedy has lost a partner, mentor and friend, but grief will come later. First, he has a case to solve, one that has detoured from a simple insurance case to a murder investigation. If that isn't enough, Joe's daughter seems to want to take her father's place as his boss.

No matter how hard they try, Carmedy and Garrett can't avoid each other   and they might be next on a killer's list.

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  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1926997670
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (April 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alison Bruce writes mysteries, romantic suspense and historical western romance. Her protagonists are marked by their strength of character, sense of humor and the ability to adapt (sooner or later) to new situations. Three of her novels have been finalists for genre awards.

Copywriter and editor since 1992, Alison has also been a comic book store manager, small press publisher and web designer. In addition to writing, she is the Publication Manager of Crime Writers of Canada, Arthur Ellis Awards Administrator, and part-time tech guru to the technologically challenged.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on September 3, 2012
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Kate Garrett works as a police detective in a city in southwestern Ontario. She's in the midst of a drug-related homicide investigation when she gets the worst news possible: her father Joe has been hit by a car and killed. A retired police officer himself, Joe had since turned to running his own private investigation service. Was it his most recent case that put him in harm's way? Or was this merely a tragic accident?

While Kate and Joe's business partner Jake Carmedy grieve separately for their loss, they both begin to puzzle out what Joe had been working on. A tension from the past prevents them from working together, at first. But as additional deaths take place, both find too many threads that lead to the offices of Touchstone Insurance. With the backup of friends and professional colleagues in the local police department, Kate and Jake are able to collar the ultimate perpetrator in the end. Whether they will be able to work well as a team from this point on, is anyone's guess. The dynamic between the two could develop, change, and go in any number of different directions, as the pair takes on new cases.

A special nuance to this story is that it takes place over the course of ten days in November 2018. Kate and her fellow officers therefore use better computer technology than we have now (in 2012) to gather and process information. Security measures in both private and public buildings have been stepped up a notch as well. Otherwise, this book that is set in the future -- for now -- is not overly "futuristic." After all: any such mystery and police procedural boils down to uncovering the vagaries of human behavior. That idea transcends time.

"Deadly Legacy" sets a good scene for further episodes in the series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gail M Baugniet on May 22, 2012
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Deadly Legacy is an honest to goodness Mystery patterned after early mystery writers Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allan Poe. The story, however, is set on 21st century Canadian soil. Putting a finger on the genre is tricky: Mystery/Police Procedural/Sci-Fi/touch of Romance. Maybe.

The main characters, police detective Kate Garrett and private eye Jake Carmedy have one thing in common: Kate's father. Wait, two things - they don't much like each other. Or do they? Their working relationship reflects neither Scully & Mulder nor Bones & Booth. Theirs is a unique non-partnership, with plenty of potential.

This Police Procedural is written with attention to well-researched detail of law enforcement technique. The "whodunit" mystery portion of the novel is laid out with thought provoking precision. Evident throughout the story is author Alison Bruce's first hand knowledge of Canadian life and her artistic talent for storytelling.

As the story unfolds, Kate Garrett must guard her emotions while she determines the cause of her father's death. Did someone arrange to have him killed, or was police officer turned private investigator Joe Garrett's death an accident? Kate's investigation leads her to several potential suspects, a disturbing underground drug activity, and plenty of unanswered questions.

Joe Garrett's partner in Garrett Investigations is Jake Carmedy. With Joe dead, Jake's job is in limbo; he is now half-owner of a company that may have no future. He continues the investigation into three murders that Joe started and was working on the day he died. Jake's case holds clues to the investigation opened by Kate Garrett, who is the other half-owner of Garrett Investigations.

Deadly Legacy is another of those first-in-a-mystery-series novels I look forward to following.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Betty Gelean on May 3, 2012
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An intricate weaving of a celebration of life and the results of sudden death, this book with its intriguing characters is sure to pull the reader in like a whirlpool. With ingenious plotting, prickly relationships, futuristic technology and bodies dropping like flies, Alison Bruce has a knack for descriptive narrative that breathes life right into the scene. The landscape, streets, murder scenes and characters rich and poor, are all clearly established in the mind. Set in the winter of 2018, there is plenty of opportunity the author to play with technological possibilities.

From the opening scene in a cold muddy field with a rookie cop gathering evidence from the drugged vicious rape of a young girl in the hope of saving her life, to the sudden accidental death of Joe Garrett, the very popular retired ex-cop turned private investigator, and coincidentally the father of Kate, the rookie cop who was working in that muddy field, the story appears to go in many directions, but does it really?

It's been a very difficult and emotional day for Kate and there are many decisions for her to make, not the least of which is whether to remain with the police force or to take over her father's business, as his will splits ownership between Kate and Jake Carmedy, Joe's business partner. Unfortunately, Kate and Jake do not get along, but a hidden undercurrent they aren't aware of seems to promise a hot romance in the future. In the meantime Kate is going to have to take over the current case Joe was working on, as well as pursuing the police case of the now declared murdered girl.

Alison Bruce's writing almost takes on a life of its own as it weaves in and out of these relationships and cases.
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